April 25, 2005
Funny of the Moment
"The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic."--"America (The Book)", by "The Daily Show".
--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Schenck v. United States (1919)
Holme's famous dictum on the limits of free speech was shaped by personal experience. On March 7, 1847, the six-year-old attended the Boston Lyceum's Theater's world premiere of the new musical comedy, Hey, Everybody, There's a Fire in the Theater...We're Not Kidding.
Quickies of the Moment
- A foot of snow over Cleveland...ah dear old "lake effect snow", how I haven't missed you.
- CNN says that the Pope 'prayed not to be elected'--hmm, wouldn't catholics want someone God actually listens to? (Actually, that whole "will of an omnipotent and omniscient God" has always presented a few interesting philisophical issues, leading to awkward bet-hedging like "let this happen, if it be Thy will"...)
- Slate reports that Americans are starting to pay off credit card debt! Good.
- Some guy's amazing home cinema setup...just tacky and garish and wonderful.